SHAFAQNA -Â As Muslim are celebrating Eid Al-fitr, gathering at mosques across the world to pray and enjoy in the festivities of the holy festival ISIS has banned Eid prayer in Mosul, claiming it was not part of the religion.
ISIS claims that Eid prayer is not â€œoriginally an Islamic practiceâ€ and was not performed in Prophet Mohammadâ€™s time, Ismat Rajab, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official for Mosul who now lives in the Kurdistan region, told Rudaw news agency.
Rajab added that the militant group has warned residents to avoid prayers for `Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in about a week.
Since ISIS took over Mosul last year, it has imposed new rules and regulations, backed by strict punishments that include the threat of death for offenders.
It is important to note that Eid Al-Fitr is one the two main Islamic religious festivals along with Eid Al-Adha.
During Eid days, families and friends exchange visits to express well wishes and children, wearing new clothes bought especially for `Eid, enjoy going out in parks and open fields.
ISIS’ new declaration Â toward Eid only serves to highlight its heresy.